Mod Note (Andy): Make sure to check out the comment inside the post by @M- Weintraub" So, it's been a while since I've provided content to this wonderful website (sorry Patrick). But, I figure now would be a good time. I just received a nice "Your no longer being considered for this job" update on a job I interviewed for a couple weeks ago. So while I'm still disappointed I figured I'd ask the group, what are some of your best rejection stories, whether it be a job or a girl or really anything. Edit: Fortunately, I was searching for a new job while I'm currently employed but I will continue to
02 Aug 2015
You walk out of your superday feeling pretty good about your performance. You start recounting all of the questions you were asked and your amazing responses to said questions. "I nailed this one", you tell yourself. You reward yourself with a latte from the neighborhood Starbucks and think to yourself, "I'll probably be stopping here a lot more".
13 Dec 2012
Today was my last day. It was with a small but dominant real estate agency. Like a lot of you here, I'm a hardworking, driven junior finance major from a Big Ten university with a 3.9 GPA and plenty of ECs. I was looking to really throw myself into this internship, learn the industry, produce quality work, and succeed. However, Day 1 they shuttled me into the back of the back office without any guidance. They made me find my own desk space. Most significantly, they neither trained me nor gave me anything to do. They didn't even give my coworkers a mere heads up that I was arriving; I
12 May 2016
I have received over 100+ rejections in my career. I feel like both of them are terrible, but I actually prefer a rejection in the mail. Sometimes by phone, you feel like you had a great chance of getting an offer so your hope gets up when a number from NYC calls you, while with a letter in the mail, you know it's a rejection. What are your guys' thoughts?
24 Nov 2009
So, I didn't end up getting anything with a BB or consulting firm and it looking more and more like I'm probably doomed to be an accountant (at least for a bit until I can transition from an MBA), so I was wondering, is there really any benefit to being an accountant vs investment banker? The only thing I can think of is that accountants can work anywhere, while bankers are mostly stuck in NYC, Houston, Chicago, San Fran and maybe Boston/LA. Other than that, they may work slightly less hours (than bankers, probably same as consultants), but its not enough to justify the lack of pay from not getting a nice bonus and exit opps aren't that great either. So yeah, anyone want to help me rationalize my failure a bit xD. Btw, my goal is to be a officer at a F500 (so I guess I'm more consulting than banking), which I hear you can do from accounting, but consulting seems a helluva lot more fun and less mind-numbing than being an accountant.
03 Feb 2010
So basically, I had a phone interview with a F500 company last week and I thought I nailed it. I was so confident after that interview that I would get a second round, but then I got a rejection letter from the person who interviewed me. When I called HR to see what went wrong, they literally told me that I was very good, but because it was so close between a few applicants (aside from a few do not wants), it was basically a pick and choose game and I unfortunately got shafted. Wtf?! Does this seriously happen regularly or am I just extremely unlucky in this scenario? I'm seriously raging
09 Feb 2011
SA Recruiting at my school is finishing up, I've got no offers and need to regroup. I had 15 first round interviews, about half BBs and half boutiques. My resume is solid (3.85 GPA, 800/740/700 SAT, HF internship, Big 4 experience, Case Comps, etc.) but somehow i've really been screwing up interviews... I feel confident that I've nailed the technicals, but I think i've struggled when it comes to selling myself / my attitude / telling my story? I'm not sure what I need to focus on improving before the next go-round; has anyone had a similar experience or any advice to offer? I just emailed some of the recruiters that I felt like I connected with for feedback but no response yet.
07 Feb 2011
Say you send an email to a person in HR inquiring about the status of your application, and they respond informing you that you've been rejected. Should you send one last email thanking them for their response? Bit of a silly question, lol, but I was just curious.
06 Jan 2011
I had a couple of first-round interviews on campus last week with two BBs and two boutiques. One BB sent me a rejection email the following day, but I still haven't heard back from the others... When I was interviewing for SA positions, I heard back right away about Superdays. I also sent emails thanking them after the interviews but didn't get responses from them :(
11 Oct 2011
hi guys......i went through many rounds with one particular firm (3 different phone interviews, lunch interview in ny, and full-day interview in boston).......after all of the rounds i just got a call saying that the other applicants were stronger so they werent able to select me.....they asked me to try to get a position at a larger firm, gain experience and then try to touch base after one year......my question is when they tell you to contact them after one year of additional experience, are they just trying to be nice or does it mean that i did well and that there were higher qualified
06 Aug 2010
Suppose you have a guy applying for a full-time who is probably in the 90% of applicants. And say he applied at not every bank, but absolutely at a wide variety of them. It's hard to predict, but for argument's sake, do you think he could get an offer from every employer, or is that impossible?
24 Mar 2012
For those who failed before final-round, probably they'd get the rejection news through an email, but what about the very few who made it to the final, will BB reject them through a phone call/ an email? And normally will they reject the final candidates after having hired someone? or will they reject them on the same day they give the offer to someone else? Thanks
24 Dec 2015
Hello, Just received a rejection email for a MM Boutique, just going over the reasons why I got rejected, they said they are not looking for any interns at the moment, I did (break one of your rules) and say I would intern for free – slightly frustrated with the lack of responses from other banks, but they got back to me straight away and one of the partners i emailed referred me to one of the other partners in the firm (so he may like what I sent) Just thinking what I could possibly respond saying… Is it worth asking what time of year they are looking for interns? If no reply do you recommend emailing them in a month or so asking again? Would you suggest emailing them asking if they know any MM firms in the area that maybe hiring interns?
15 Nov 2011
Hi guys, I applied to McKinsey FT online and obviously got rejected, however, I got an email about a month ago saying that they wanted to keep in touch with me and that I just needed to fill out a form. I thought, "why not" and went ahead with it and earlier today, I got some random materials claiming that they wanted to offer me "insights into McKinsey's leadership" and stuff like that. I was just wondering if this actually means that I might have been close to getting an interview or if it's nothing too important. Thanks
06 Dec 2011
This is very discouraging. Im a sophomore and so far I've had two interviews there. Both ended in rejections. First interview went okay. Second interview I thought I nailed it and had it locked in. I know Im only a sophomore but if they don't like me now, will they ever?
11 Jan 2011
Just got done with an hour phone interview. Recruiter says, "Well we were really looking for someone with 5 years experience doing something completely unrelated to what you do. Sorry about that!" and that's the end. Thing is, they had my resume. They can see what I did or did not do. I've been agonizing over this interview for a week and I'm a little pissed. And it's happened before! If someone doesn't want to interview me, fine, I get it. But why are they doing this to me? Any help WSO?
07 Jan 2011
Thank you for sending us your application for our investment banking summer internship program. We have finalized our selection process and reviewed your application. However, we have chosen another candidate for the summer position. The internship program received an overwhelming number of applications in a very competitive year. Best wishes in your career pursuits. Sincerely,
19 Mar 2013
Does anyone recommend reaching out to the HF PM you interviewed with after being rejected and thanking them for their time? Anybody have experience with following up emails post rejection asking for advice on where you could improve? Just curious how to leave things. Thanks
07 Mar 2017
Hey Guys, At least in Europe, the banks have blocked numbers so you know that after interviews, when someone calls you from a blocked number, you know that it's that yay or nay call. I got mine two days ago, rushed out of class and people saw me dancing and jumping around while the HR lady told me congratulations. I've had a friend who was informed by email that he got a role and yelled out a big YES with the famous punch in the air. Now that it's the season to be jolly with job/internship offers, anyone have any fun/awkward/pathetic stories for shits and giggles to share with the monkeys
30 May 2013
Hey guys, Got a question. I applied online for a research position at a 2nd tier investment bank almost a month ago. I received a signed rejection letter today from the manager of US Research saying that they can not offer me a position at this time, but as a "vetted candidate" they may consider me for other opportunities as the needs arise. Am I reading too much into this and it's just a typical standard reply they shoot out or do they truly see me as a potential candidate later down the line? And what exactly does "vetted candidate" mean in this situation?
31 Aug 2013
Hey, found myself in a bit of a pickle.. I applied to a portfolio management role and I'm worried about getting dinged by the HR before they pass on my CV to my contact (MD) inside the firm. I told my contact before applying and he welcomed my application but did not tell me to call up or email him after applying. I should be waiting for the HR to call me next week or the week after should they invite me for another round. How should I go on? I'm not best buddies with the MD and I am not expecting him to help me skip through all the way to final rounds, but I guess he would def bump me into HR
09 Oct 2012
As round 1 decisions begin to roll in, many candidates are not receiving the news they had hoped for. While this is no doubt disappointing, do not give up hope. Personal MBA Coach would like to help you develop a strategy to realize your MBA and career dreams. Candidates rejected from their target schools during round 1 have two options for continuing to pursue their MBA dreams. Option 1: Apply to additional schools during round 2. If now is really the ideal time for you to get an MBA or if you were shooting for the stars with your round 1 list, you should consider altering your strategy
22 Nov 2018
I was under the impression that if banks rejected you for a graduate role, there wasn't much point in applying for a summer role. However, a top-few just carried forward my (rejected last November) graduate application to a summer internship application in two different divisions for two different regions. Should I assume that banks are very happy to consider graduate-rejects for summer roles, even if they aren't as enterprising as to fill in your second application themselves?
18 Jan 2010
I had a final interview at a PE firm for a financial analyst position exactly two weeks ago. Two days after the interview I was contacted and it was requested that I provide my official academic transcript and two references. The following Wednesday (one week ago) I was again contacted saying my resume was received the previous evening. This past Friday my second reference contacted me saying that he was called that day. I was expecting to get a decision by today, but haven't. I do not know if this is because they have chosen me but are dealing with HR bs and delays from the holiday, they are trying to decide between me and other candidates, or because they are waiting for others to reject their offers (meaning that I'm an alternate).
10 Apr 2012
I had my assessment centre last week on thursday and its currently tuesday - I haven't received any news. Do I still have a chance (no news for 3 days)? I interviewed with UBS sales and trading...
07 Nov 2017
Please try to stay calm. The interview is over so there is nothing you can do besides sending the standard thank you e-mails. Depending on the number of positions available, anywhere from 20-80% of the super day interviewees may receive offers later that day. Other strong candidates may be put on hold in case some of the people who were extended offers end up choosing to go a different route. The timing, however, is really bank-specific. While most BBs contact you fairly quickly (one to two days), a smaller bank or private equity fund may take over a week to get organized and have other
05 Sep 2012